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Alan J. Russell, Ph.D.

Alan J. Russell, PhDHighmark Distinguished Career Professor
Director, Disruptive Health Technology Institute
alanrussell@cmu.edu

For the last 20 years, the Russell laboratory has been discovering what can be achieved by exploiting the rich interface of chemistry, biology and materials. Dr. Russell's work has impacted fields as diverse as chemical and polymer synthesis to tissue engineering and homeland defense. Dr. Russell has pioneered how to make polymers from enzymes and how to incorporate enzymes into bulk polymers. In a series of discoveries Dr. Russell's laboratory has found how to meld the synthetic and biological worlds.

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Discovery at the rich interface of chemistry, biology, and material science to incorporate
biological molecules and polymers for the creation of multifunctional materials.